World Bulletin/News Desk
The United States has allocated $40 million to assist relief agencies aiding victims of the Syrian crisis, the Department of State has said. “The United States is pursuing every avenue to get humanitarian relief to those affected by the violence in Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure full and unfettered access for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need,” the Department said in a statement.
The U.S. assistance includes “food, clean water, basic health care, and medical and other emergency relief supplies.” The statement also praised the governments of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq for keeping their countries’ borders open for Syrian refugees.
The United Nations said weeks ago that more than 9000 people had been killed in Syria since the outbreak of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011. Syrian activists have reported hundreds of new deaths in the past few weeks, including those reported during a ceasefire that has been officially in place in Syria since mid-April.
Earlier this week, UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan who brokered a peace plan to end the 14-month conflict warned that the country was on the brink of a “full civil war” as violence continued despite the presence of UN-backed international monitors tasked with observing the truce.
On Thursday, at least 55 people, mostly civilians, were killed and some 370 injured in two powerful blasts that rocked a highway near the Syrian capital, Damascus, during morning peak hour.
Russian acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday Moscow would not change its position on Syria despite pressure from outside.
“There are people who want to put pressure on us to change our position. We will not concede to this pressure,” he said. Russia and China have twice vetoed the UN Security Council resolutions over what they called a pro-rebel bias since the start of the Syrian uprising, but have given their full backing to Annan’s peace plan.
The army determines death tolls either visually, or by counting the number of vehicles it destroys and estimating how many militants each vehicle carried, said the official
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military on July 3 of last year following opposition protests against his rule. Ever since, the Egyptian authorities have maintained a harsh crackdown on Morsi's supporters, detaining thousands and killing hundreds.
In recent months, the Israeli authorities have banned several Palestinian women from entering the site for periods ranging from two weeks to several months for standing up against repeated intrusions
The European Union's supreme court told Britain on Thursday that it could no longer require entry visas in advance for non-EU citizens who are family members of EU citizens
EU foreign ministers ordered an arms embargo on S. Sudan and urged international partners to follow suit
Putin said the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow's aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine
Fatah and Hamas – the latter of which has run the Gaza Strip since 2007 – continue to accuse one another of hindering April's reconciliation deal
Comments by senior officials suggest Beijing may take harder line against territory as police launch investigation.
Bani Arshid, who has been in custody since last month, said he had initially refused to attend the session to protest the "unconstitutionality" of the military trial, saying he had been brought to the courtroom involuntarily.
Schoolchildren in India observe 2-minute silence in memory of victims of the Pakistan school after PM Modi's appeal
Sweden should stop giving automatic permanent residency to people granted asylum in the Nordic country, and cut benefits to motivate them to work, the head of the opposition Christian Democrat party said on Thursday.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children during a raid on the remote northeast Nigerian village
Kuwait said it accepted an Iraqi request related to reparations imposed by the U.N. Security Council over its 1990 invasion of Kuwait
As U.S. fighter jets pound ISIL targets inSyria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.
On Tuesday, Ya'alon said that the Israeli army could be "forced" to launch another attack on the coastal enclave.
Delegates representing President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar sat down together to hammer out a peace deal under the sponsorship of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development